Shepparton's Arlene Austin, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, is urging everyone to make a healthy start to the new year.RHIANNON GAVALAKIS January 20, 2014 4:49am
Multiple sclerosis sufferer Arlene Austin, 50, has joined a gym and hopes her story helps others realise anyone is capable of living a healthy lifestyle.
Shepparton mother Arlene Austin had her first gym assessment on January 1.
Ms Austin, 50, does not consider her goal to get fit a New Year’s resolution, despite many others starting the year with improved fitness as their priority.
Ms Austin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001.
Her goal is to reconnect with fitness and focus on herself.
‘‘It wasn’t so much a New Year’s resolution as deciding how I wanted to live the rest of my life,’’ she said.
‘‘I was nervous to go back in for the first time, but when you have the assessment and have the body fat and measurements taken, you realise it is important to make your health a priority.’’
Ms Austin hopes sharing her story with The News will help others realise anyone can lead a healthy lifestyle.
‘‘Regardless of whether you have MS or not, the fitter you are the healthier you are,’’ she said.
‘‘I had the perception you had to be fit to go to the gym, but there are people of all shapes, sizes and ages.’’
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